Photographed in the Writer’s Room


Photographed in the Writer’s Room

Former TV star Brandi Tyler’s big screen debut crashed and burned amid rumors of an affair with her married co-star… Now, she wants nothing more than to quietly slink away from Hollywood. When she’s offered an opportunity to get out of town and work on a project involving the photographer that launched her career, it seems like the perfect escape! Unfortunately for Brandi, her famous face makes hiding out even a huge city like Houston a little tricky.

When the celebrated photographer’s son offers to let her use his home for privacy, it seems like everything is falling into place. Little does she know that Michael Ames a gorgeous best selling author, and he comes with the package! As Brandi makes her way through old photographs and new scandals, Michael struggles with his next project, and they both fight the growing attraction between them.

Maybe a posse of new girlfriends, some Texas-sized boozy brunches, and a little private time in the writer’s room will help this leading lady find her path back onscreen. And, if she can just picture it, maybe this time she’ll even find love?

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Born in Montreal but raised in New England, author Michelle L. E. Price has been writing as long as anyone can remember. An avid reader who was on the verge of losing her mind as a mom to two small children, Michelle began writing her first book, Hidden in the Writer’s Room, as an escape… at least her characters would do exactly what she told them to do and she could always count on a happily ever after ending. She also enjoys wine, re-watching 90’s sitcoms and occasionally running, but heavily relies on writing to stay sane. Michelle is a firm believer that laughter and love are the best parts of life.

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A little escapism. A little laughter. A little love.

By Michelle L.E. Price

It’s not often that I am at a loss for words. Perhaps that’s one of the benefits of being an author.

However, recently I was interviewed in advance of the release of my second book, Photographed in the Writer’s Room. The staff reporter, in running through a list of pre-written questions asked me why I write… He did not ask why I wrote that particular book or what had inspired me, but just “Why do you write?”

At first, I was stumped. I mean, I guess I thought that nearly everyone writes sometimes, and the only thing that’s different is that some of us choose to publish it. But, that wasn’t quite the whole truth.

After stumbling around a bit, and muttering something about how I love telling stories, I came up with a truthful answer. What I ended up telling him was that I write because I hope that my work, my writing, will offer a carefree, lighthearted take on life. That I hope my writing provides a sweet, enjoyable interlude for anyone that reads it. I write because I genuinely want readers to feel what I feel when I read: the joy of escape, the fun of trying on someone else’s life for a little while, the freedom of letting go of myself just for a few hours and enjoying being somewhere else entirely. I don’t write because I have to, I write because I want the privilege of injecting a tiny bit of fun into another readers life.

As you can imagine, I didn’t exactly set the world on fire with that interview. He wrote the article, and he did his best to make me sound like a serious author. But, I’m pretty sure “laughter and love” wasn’t exactly what he’d been digging for.

Don’t misunderstand me… I am not without dreams of becoming a wildly famous, best-selling author. I mean, I think “New York Times Bestselling Author” has a lovely ring to it. And, certainly, there are lots of fundamentally important topics that I choose to cover in my books: I adore exploring themes of ambition, insecurity, and coping with change. I love writing about women who choose to be brave, who have to figure out what really matters to them, who aren’t sure of their place or their goals but who try anyway. I especially love writing about all kinds of relationships – lasting friendships between wildly different people, akward relationships between co-workers, romantic relationships, complex relationships with parents and adult children, strong female friendships… all of them.

But, if I had to identify my goal in writing, especially for my Writer’s Room series, it’s really simple, and far less lofty.

I want  my readers to smile, and maybe, I want them to fall a little in love.

I read this quote recently by Anne Lamott, an author that nearly everyone generally admires. I’ve even heard her called the Writer’s Writer. She said, in her book Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, “Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul.” And for me, that kind of says it all…

So, I guess, the reason I write is the same reason I read. A little escapism, a little laughter and a  little love.

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